Originally Posted by Milt99
Finally watched this last night.
What an absolutely beautiful transfer and an honestly funny film that reveals human foibles in a way that allows you to like the characters.
Except for maybe Ethel Merman
Anyone not buying this due to whatever imagined deficiencies doesn't really love the art of film making imo, but would rather revel in irrelevant, non-existent nits.
You saved 10 whole dollars. Shazam!
I had a master class today in a telecine room - in sharpening, grain removal and DNR and the resultant anomalies that occur from all. It was eye-opening and illuminating. The first lesson learned is that if sharpening and DNR is used carefully and modestly, the ONLY way you're going to see it is if you still frame and zoom until you see each and every pixel. In motion from a normal viewing distance - I don't think so.
The second lesson learned is if DNR and sharpening is applied with a trowel, yes it's quite obvious that there are halos and edge stuff.
On the screen they were working on a well-known film - they split the screen for me and yes the minute you apply grain removal it throws everything slightly out of focus (lack of detail you wags like to say), which is why they use sharpening to bring it back a bit. In each case, I preferred the grain to the slight grain removal.
Another interesting thing was, with another film they were adding light grain to the releasing studios logo (which is digital and new) so that it matched the grain coming into the main titles.
They also had some very old 30s documentary footage - it was interlaced and VERY grainy. In that case, the grain removal helped immeasurably and they were able to remove the interlacing artifacts, too, which was interesting to see.
Which brings me back to Mad World - I truly don't think any sharpening was put on the transfer (save for what Robert Harris says happens at the harvest stage, which is fairly normal) - I watched it again after my little master class and it looked great, very sharp but NOTHING artificial about that image at all.